I eyed the human female thoughtfully. Although she was beautiful, she was clearly not willing to pleasure and obey without question. There was a spark of defiance in her amber eyes. She’d stolen a ship and escaped from a marriage she did not want. She would not submit to just anyone. The thought of her rebellion and fire made my pulse race. She was just the challenge I needed.
I pivoted to Viken. “Take her to the chamber attached to my quarters.”
His pupils widened even as he kept his face solemn. “The Raisa chamber?”
I flinched at that word. My uncle, Raas Maassen, had designed his warbird with a sleeping chamber for his mate to travel with him. Although it was not Vandar tradition to have females onboard our horde ships, he had never been one to follow rules slavishly—one of the many reasons he had not seen eye to eye with my own father. But his Raisa had died before she’d joined the ship. He’d never taken another mate and never used the Raisa chamber.
Nevertheless, it was attached to the Raas quarters I’d inherited, and now it would be put to use, even if the name did not fit.
“Yes, Viken.” I flicked my gaze to him and then away quickly. “I prefer to question her there instead of your oblek. I believe it will be more productive.”
My battle chief’s brow quirked slightly, before his face resumed its stern expression. He stepped forward, taking her by the arm and leading her away.
As she passed me, I curled my tail around her forearm to stop her. I bent low, breathing in the sweet scent of her. “I will come to you soon. You should be prepared.”
She swallowed hard, her eyelashes fluttering as she tipped her head back to look at me.
“You have come onto a Vandar warbird to ask us to protect you from the empire and keep you hidden from your fiancé, who is an imperial admiral. We will do this at risk to our horde, but only if you are prepared to give us—me—something of value.”
“I told you I have information.”
I let my gaze drift to her full lips, which she licked nervously. “Yes, information. Let us hope it is as valuable as you claim, or you should consider what else you are willing to give me.”
She lifted her chin. “You will not be disappointed, Raas.”
I stepped back, releasing her arm from my tail’s grip, and watched Viken lead her away. I growled and jerked my head forward.
This is all a part of your strategy, I reminded myself. Nothing more. She is nothing more than another pawn in the game.
A beautiful, dangerous pawn.
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